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tv   Hunting for Harmony  CSPAN  April 11, 2017 3:31am-3:40am EDT

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the meat and poultry industries. we are alive with the consumer federation of america starting at 8:30 a.m. eastern on c-span2. ♪ announcer: c-span, where history unfolds daily. c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies and is brought to you today by your cable or satellite provider. ♪ announcer: all month, we are featuring our student cam winners in our video documentary competition for middle and high school students. this year, students told us the most urgent issues for the new president and congress. our second prize high school winners are 10th-graders from singapore. are students at singapore
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american school. they believe religious equality is an urgent issue in their documentary called "hunting for harmony." take a look. >> to the colonists, america was religious refuge. the need for religious freedom drove them to the new world. pilgrims, the religious liberties were eventually secured on the founding of the colony they dubbed new england. unfortunately they have their own flaws. they made it clear that puritans were less than welcome. led by john winthrop, the puritans fled to massachusetts to create their own heathen. like the pilgrims did to them, puritans vanished. he decided to settle in rhode island with his followers. notice the pattern? this scenario served as a catalyst for more of its kind. pennsylvania became a haven for the quakers, maryland for the
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catholics, virginia for the angelic in church. -- angelican church. >> it's safe to say that america was founded by religion, but the irony is clear. these religious groups and undisturbed freedoms, but condemned those who thought differently. the bill of rights decided to directly address this issue. >> the constitution makes no lot respecting the establishment of religioun. >> freedom of religion, freedom of expression is another key belief in the united states. while groups may not get along, they are entitled to their beliefs. >> however this has been no picnic. religious ideas are being put to the test with issues like legalization of drugs, abortion, tax evasion, and homosexuality. this is kim davis, the county
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clerk in kentucky. she refused to issue a marriage license to same-sex couples. being the subject of heavily debated controversy, is gained international attention. it was clear that davis's argument was backed up by her first amendment rights. unfortunately, they have only instigated religious discrimination. >> the united states is not that much difference. the united states was built on diversity and the practice of religious freedom. but it is a much bigger country. i think that the possibility for learning that the united states could learn from singapore is something that should be opened up. ♪ singapore is a small island in southeast asia on which we
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live, and is known for its diversity. it has four national languages. when you walk in a food court, you can get authentic food from many ethnic groups, and it's known for its religious diversity. unlike in america, where it has a protestant christian majority, singapore has a wonderful balance. so with all this in mind, how is it still harmony? it's clear that around the world, freedom religion is under threat. we see governments engaging in discrimination, violence against the faiths. we see religion twisted in an attempt to justify hatred, persecution against other people just because of who they are, how they print, who they love. >> going back to the founding, the conservative statement of the supreme court, not just to
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ensure that there's not an establishment of religion that might prefer one over the other and do something other than welcome the diversity of faith that we have -- >> there has been tension between christianity, between islam and judaism throughout the years. a lot of americans see september 11, and maybe that is the only interaction with islam they have. >> obviously, we like every country must be vigilant in protecting the rights of religious minorities and building a society in which people of all faiths and people of no faith can live together openly and peacefully. >> so, what are the solutions? in singapore, there is a religious harmony act. someone who incites hostility and hatred between different religious groups will be punished. in america, there have been several proposals. a proposal that
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prevents the discriminatory treatment of any faith it would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and identity. >> there's a possibility congress could combine both, like the religious liberty bell in utah, which sought to protect lgbt writes while allowing refusal of services. >> the federal government says, we are interested at the state level, but would states be willing to do that? with a state like alabama be willing to do that? >> unfortunately, i really don't achievable.t's i don't believe americans are willing to sacrifice their right to accept themselves. >> i think the government should play a role. >> it has to do with communicating.
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>> to find ways to reach out to communities, to deliver programs that promote it. >> but in communities with different groups, they need to sit down and learn about each other. i think that would go a long way. >> so. >> so. >> dear congress and president elect. >> the quality needs to be addressed. >> nothing will be perfect. >> but it will get us closer to the safe haven the pilgrims chose. thing that can be achieved. >> harmony. >> harmony. >> harmony. announcer: to watch all of the prize-winning documentaries, is a announcer: next, the oral
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arguments in expressions hair design v. snyderman. law whicht the requires motions to label price differences as a cash discount rather than a credit card surcharge unconstitutionally restricting speech. this is just over an hour. >> we'll hear argument first this morning. in case 15-1391. expression hair can designs. mr. gupta. >> whether the state can -- this case is about whether the state can criminalize speech the most effect ive effective way. by design new york's law sup presses the message -- >> i'm sorry. you're two groups of petitioners. one wants to give cash price without any information about the sur challenge.


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